National Essay Contest 2024: Message from the Jury

On behalf of the jury, I wish all students who will participate the best of luck. This is a great opportunity to win a trip to Japan, and to explore your knowledge of both countries, especially with a theme that plays a big role in next year’s Expo 2025 Osaka. We hope to see you at the award ceremony on the 27th of November.

Members of the Jury:

Mr. Jan van Zanen – Mayor of The Hague, Chairman of the Jury

H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Minami – Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands

Mr. Theo Peters – Deputy Head of Mission at Royal Netherlands Embassy in Japan

Prof. Jeroen Geurts – Rector magnificus, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mr. Luc Houben – Chairman of Dujat, Senior Advisor of Jones Day

Prof. Seiji Kumagai – Program Director for Goal 9 of the Moonshot of Japan’s Cabinet Office, Professor, Institute for the Future of Human Society, Kyoto University

Prof. Meike Bartels – University Research Professor in Genetics and Wellbeing, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mr. Jeroen Bokhoven – Executive Director Japan of NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency)

Mr. Hans Kuijpers – Board Member of Dujat, Director Investment Projects & Investor Climate of NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency)

Ms. Fumiko Inoue – Chairperson Dutch Association of Japanese Language Teachers

Mr. Jens Branum – Lecturer Academic Language Programme (ALP) VU Amsterdam

Ms. Wendy Freriks – Board Member of Dujat, Director Corporate Relations Ricoh Netherlands

Mrs. Christa de Kemp – Managing Director of Dujat

THEME: Sustainable Mental Health and Wellbeing: Exploring Dutch-Japanese Solutions for Designing a Future Society

We invite college and university students in the Netherlands to take part in a national essay contest, organized by Dujat and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in an effort to strengthen the relations of the Netherlands with Japan. The winner of the contest will win a trip to Japan!

✅ Contest for college and university students in the Netherlands.
✅ Essays may be submitted by Bachelor’s and Master’s level students.
✅ Only one entry per individual will be accepted.
✅ Essays must be written in English with a length between 500 and 1000 words.

Visit our website for more information and application:, and submit your essay before the deadline of 31 July 2024.

Link to digital flyer: Flyer Essay Contest 2024.pdf – Google Drive